The list author says: "Nothing is more gratifying than to run across a book that really just draws you in -- that's what all these titles did for me and I've read them all more than one time due to their elemental appeal and liquid pacing. Some are new, some are old, and all are fiction, representing various genres.
I've reviewed most of these books. I hope these works will yield up the same level of joy for you as they have for me."
"I'll assume that you've already read some Christie mysteries which feature her Magnum opus Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, prior to reading this one -- such knowledge lends gravity to this great surprise mystery."
"Oh! If you have failed to read this as yet then you're missing out on a huge treat. It was targeted for children while 'The Lord of the Rings' was penned for adults (the latter being a much lengthier, darker work, but still tremendous!)"
"Here's a new edition of the classic work. If you've yet to read it you'll find that it's a flawless novel. It's all about a man's tumultuous life during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Totally captivating."
"This book was postumously published and it's not so in-your-face as were most of Hemingway's works. I seriously doubt that he would ever have approved its publication but it's an astonishingly savory read."
"Funny, bizarre, tragic, amorous... this story of a Russian aristocrat who simply wishes to live out his life on the couch has it all. His serf-servant, Zhakar, is timeless. One of my top five favorite novels."
"Part II of this book (found in this edition) remains unfinished -- but don't let that bother you. You'll be completely gratified by the book's conclusion, a story about a Russian con man who buys the souls of dead serfs from their greedy masters."